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Re: NFC: Substrate

Bare gravel is, of course, too nutrient poor to use for plants... as ong
as theres any kind of mulm in it, though, plants will grow just fine..
Whether you add latterite, soil, or other such materiel doesn't matter.
I've grown many plants just fine in a fish tank with #3 gravel, so long as
fish had been living it in for a while, no problems.

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On Sat, 27 Mar 1999, Tony wrote:

> Date: Sat, 27 Mar 1999 16:52:28 -0700
> From: Tony <z966349 at niu_edu>
> Reply-To: nfc at actwin_com
> To: NFC Discussion List <nfc at actwin_com>
> Subject: NFC: Substrate
> Is it absolutely necessary to put some other type of substrate
> underneath the gravel of an aquarium to grow live plants? I've been
> searching for this answer for months now, and still I get mixed replies. 
> A local pet shop owner has told me he's ordering some type of special
> matting that lies under the gravel and provides a mess-free base for
> roots to grab onto and receive nutrients. Anybody ever hear of this
> stuff? If so, does it really work? I'm a little dubious about it myself.
> Tony Gustafson